UFC 122 – Yushin Okami Vs. Nate Marquardt

I’m not sure if it’s a good idea to watch this show after watching Manny Pacquiao destroy Antonio Margarito. I already didn’t like the looks of this card, especially the main event, to begin with and after watching such a big event, this seems like a step down. Hopefully the show is good. I’ve been able to stay away from spoilers all day long.

The winner of Nate Marquardt vs. Yushin Okami deserves a title shot. In fact, both guys deserve a title shot more so than Vitor Belfort, but it’s hard to market either guy as a main event fighter. I don’t think I’ve ever been entertained by a Yushin Okami fight and we’ve already seen Nate Marquardt beat by Anderson Silva.

Alessio Sakara isn’t fighting tonight against Jorge Rivera because of flu-like symptoms. Hmmm.

1. Nick Osipczak vs. Duane Ludwig

I don’t think I knew that Ludwig was still in the UFC.

Ludwig looked great for the first half of the round. He was leading his combinations with a kick and following it up with a right-left hand combo. He rocked Osipczak a couple times and it looked like he was going to be able to get him down, but Osipczak caught Bang and got him to the ground. He quickly mounted him, but Bang slipped out the back. Interesting round to score.

Ludwig looked good again early on. He landed another head kick. But then he was busted open by Osipczak. He tried a takedown at the end of the round. But the rest of the round was Osipczak’s.

Oddly, Osipczak is completely out of gas. Ludwig was kicking and punching him at will. But Ludwig is a bit tired too and didn’t have everything on his shots. Osipczak is taking a crazy amount of punishment. Oddly, he went for a takedown to end the round.

Winner: Duane Ludwig by way of split decision

The scores were 30-28, 29-28, and 29-28.

2. Goran Reljic vs. Krzysztof Soszynski

I think both guys are trying to win fight of the night. Soszynski had Reljic running backward, but Reljic started to work the takedown and eventually got it.

Soszynski was on his back again, but working for the submission. He looked very comfortable there. Soszynski had the better of the clinch game after he was able to stuff the takedown.

Reljic is tired and Soszynski is the much more fresh of the two. Reljic went for a takedown, but Soszynski caught his arm and went for a standing kimura. They clinched again and Soszynski looked to be going for the knee. Reljic didn’t want any part of it and fell backwards, but took big shots while on his back. Soszynski ended the fight strongly.

Winner: Krzysztof Soszynski by way of unanimous decision

Krzysztof looked pretty good, but it also seems as if he’ll never get above that middle ground light heavyweight level. Still, not a bad fight if he’s in there.

3. Peter Sobotta vs. Amir Sadollah

Sadollah is the aggressor, throwing more punches and kicks, but Sobatta nearly had his back at one point and was working the takedown. Sadollah came back near the end of the round with some offense to take the round.
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UFC 116 Weigh-Ins

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Here are the weights for each guy:

Karlos Vemola 222
Jon Madsen 254

Daniel Roberts 169
Forrest Petz 170

Gerald Harris 185
Dave Branch 185

Goran Reljic 186
Kendall Grove 184

Seth Petruzelli 205
Ricardo Romero 206

Brendan Schaub 238
Chris Tuchscherer 255

Chris Lytle 170
Matt Brown 171

George Sotiropoulous 156
Kurt Pellegrino 155

Krzystof Soszynski 205
Stephan Bonner 205

Yoshihiro Akiyama 185
Chris Leben 186

Shane Carwin 265
Brock Lesnar 265

Carwin quote: “Tomorrow we find out who the baddest man on the planet is.”

Lesnar quote: “I’m just excited to get back into the octagon. I’m ready to fight.”

I always thought Lesnar was at least two inches taller, but when standing toe-to-toe, they looked exactly the same height. However, Mike Chiappetta tweeted out that Brock was barefoot and Carwin had shoes on.

A few highlights:

Rogan called Seth Petruzelli the man who single-handedly killed EliteXC.

Krzystof Soszynski looked ripped to shreads.

Rogan called Akiyama and Leben the “co-main event”. Is there a co-main event for this show? I don’t think so.

Photo by Ariel Helwani